Bethesda is a town lying on the River Ogwen and the A5 road on the edge of Snowdonia, in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, colloquially called Pesda by the locals.
The town grew around the slate and stone quarrying industry, the largest of the local quarries being the Penrhyn Quarry. At its peak, it was exporting its dark blue-green slate all over the world, and in so doing it gained a reputation for being the world's best. The town was the site of a famous three-year strike led by the North Wales Quarrymen's Union from 1900. This led to the creation of the nearby village of Tregarth, built by the quarry owners, which housed the families of the workers who did not strike.
Bethesda is the birthplace of Welsh novelist and poet Caradog Prichard, author of Un Nos Ola' Leuad, and of the singer Leila Megane. It was the childhood home of Gruff Rhys the lead singer of Super Furry Animals who grew up in the area known as Rachub / Llanllechid. Welsh folk/rock group Celt also hail from Bethesda, as does the solo Electronic artist Virtuo and Fend-15 members Gareth John Davies (drums) and Huw Pritchard (tambourine).
Set amidst 12 acres of glorious woodland, Ogwen Bank Caravan Park and Country Club offers everything required for both tranquil and action-filled holiday in breath-taking Snowdonia. The Ogwen is a delightful river, spilling down the mountains of Snowdonia.
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